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Natural Resource Damage Assessment
NOAA restores natural resources affected by hazardous waste, oil spills, and physical impacts such as ship groundings on coral reefs. Injuries are restored when possible and the lost natural resources are replaced through restoration projects that focus on revitalizing and improving coastal and marine habitats. NOAA works with remedial agencies, responsible parties, and teams of state, tribal, and federal co-trustees to conduct Natural Resource Damage Assessments (NRDAs) to determine the impact of the spill, grounding, or waste. We then implement projects that protect natural resources. We work to achieve efficient damage assessment followed by effective restoration of coastal resources. To that end, NOAA cooperates with the public to identify restoration projects that benefit a wide variety of habitats and biological resources and will partner with non-profit groups, local governments, and other organizations to carry out the restoration.
Making Restoration Happen
Applicants selected through this federal funding opportunity will be those capable of implementing trustee-selected NRDA restoration projects or competitively soliciting projects to meet specific restoration goals, determined by the trustee council. Projects selected by the trustee council may be implemented through:
- a subcontract to a specified organization, or
- by the grantee through their direct oversight.
Applicants with technical capabilities related to particular habitats or project monitoring and evaluation are encouraged to highlight those skills.
Awards at a Glance
- Funding is expected to be provided on an as available basis to maintain NRDA Implementation Grants for up to 7 years in duration, and is dependent upon the level of funding made available by trustee councils.
- NOAA anticipates that typical awards will range from $350,000 to $2,000,000 within the first year and that approximately $750,000-$15,000,000 may be available to fund the awarded NRDA Implementation Grants over the life of the selected awards.
Important Funding Notices